Originally posted by threelittlebirds:No thanks. I would prefer that the guy calling the plays actually has experience doing that job. Harbs has shown to be a good headcoach, he has never shown to be an offensive coordinator.
Roman is just calling the game according to Harbaugh's wishes and reflecting their lack of confidence in Kap. Who can blame them?? He has rarely executed a gameplan this season. So many draws and screen passes on 3rd down because Kap is more likely to turn the ball over than convert a 1st down. There is no way around it, Kap is playing awful this year. I still think he can be elite in the future because he has the physical skills to do it and as a fan I'm hoping that the mental part of the game will catch up to him and surpass his physical abilities... just like it did with Steve Young. Last year it seemed like he would reach that point by 2014... now it is looking like that might not happen until 2016 if it happens at all.
Kap is reminding me of the 2005-2007 Smith, Alex didn't even start playing good football until 2009 but it didn't really matter because he doesn't have the physical ability... plus his version of good football is just don't force bad passes, dump off often, and rely on your teammates.
Coaching isn't the problem... Kap's play is the problem. He is struggling and the offense, the 32nd ranked passing offense, reflects how poorly our QB is playing. I'd only argue that maybe Roman and Harbaugh have to face reality and start making things ridiculously simple for Kap... go Alex Smith on his butt and start calling short safe throws instead of these long passes. They seem to be in denial of how piss poor he is playing.
I'm not sure you're watching the same games I am. The plays they are calling are putting the offense in terrible spots and when it doesn't work we're staring at 3rd and long with a boat load of pressure coming right up the gut. Kap deserves a lot of the blame, but Greg Roman is calling plays that expose his weaknesses rather than his strengths.
Two things come to mind in that game yesterday. First, the series when the offense was backed up against the one. The entire design was bad and we were lucky it didn't lead to a safety.
In the third quarter the offense got a nine yard gain on first down, so what do we do next? Read option against a fully loaded box that had been crushing the O line all game. Loss of six yards. Then Anthony Davis jumps. Loss of five yards. Now it's 3rd and 12.
When the running game is working and you need the one yard, Roman likes to get cute and it almost always digs the offense in a hole.
Like I said, Kap was bad. He needs to learn to throw the ball away. He probably could've avoided two or three of those sacks by getting rid of it. I don't know that it would've helped sustain drives because so much more was going Carolina's way, but they wouldn't be looking at such long conversions.
From my perspective the blame starts with coaching. Then it goes to the quarterback. Then it goes to the players around him. There were plenty of times when Kap stepped up to make a play and somebody else let him down. Hunters fumble came when they started moving in rhythm. Boldins OPI came when they converted the biggest pass play of the day. Vance McDonald dropped a ball that would've had them in range for the winning field goal at least.
It was bad all around.